The SPCA annual general meeting held at the Fraser Coast Hotel in Williams Lake on Monday opened with some lively music by a group of kids directed by myself.
They played my song I’m Your Pet and You’re My Person, with Madison Magnowski on piano, Mackenzie Magnowski on fiddle and with Lauren Derksen, Madeliene Heal, Brooke Bennison, Sienna McCarvill, Chloe Fournier-Hill, and Journey Carlson-Campbell from the Williams Lake Sparks, on vocals.
The meeting, chaired by SPCA community council chair Cheri Galatiuk, included a report from branch manager Liz Dighton, who announced that $2,400 was raised for the local shelter at the Spay-ghetti and No Balls dinner on Saturday, March 23.
The Williams Lake SPCA won the provincial Branch of the Year award for 2012.
The local branch raised more than $4,000. in 2012, which was well over projections for the year.
Nearly a thousand animals went through the local shelter.
“We had more than 600 stray cats brought into the shelter last year — most of them from inside city limits,” Dighton said.
“The city doesn’t enforce their stray cat bylaw.”
She said there are 12 fundraising events throughout the year.
The penny drive is currently running and that next up is the SPCA shelter open house on May 25, followed by the biggest garage sale ever in June.
“One of the things we’re looking for right now are volunteers at the shelter to help with evening chores between 3 and 5 p.m. and volunteers to help with our fundraisers,” Dighton said.
“We also really appreciate people who drop off unsorted recyclable bottles to Amanda Enterprises: they send us a cheque for $400 to $600 every month.”
The SPCA community council is currently accepting new members. For more information about the council, including how you can get involved, phone Cheri at 250-398-0811 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
LeRae Haynes is an SPCA board member.